The Credits: "The Bourne Identity"

Drew: Remember when you said "Ship his ass out!" Kobe: LOL, good times man.

Alright, that's it. I give up on trying to find out who these Lakers are. Just 24-hrs removed from the drubbing at Phoenix, the Lakers go out and play an all-around great game on the heels of a supposed Lakers controversy. I don't know about you guys, but I want Kobe speaking up for Pau every post game from here on out.

Early on, it was apparent that the Blazers weren't really there. They were down 29-7 in the first quarter and looked completely lifeless in the process. For the Lakers, crisp ball movement and an active Andrew Bynum on the offensive glass netted them 12 second-chance points and complete control of the first quarter. They finished the half strong en route to a 52-30 lead, led by Andrew's double-double and surprisingly, Steve Blake's 14 points off 4-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Mike Brown was pleased:

"I thought the first quarter and half, we moved the basketball as good as we have all year ... it was fun to watch."

After the break, lackadaisical play from the Lakers in the 3rd, where the Blazers put up 36 points, and early 4th allowed the Blazers to pull within reach before Mike Brown called upon the starters to wrap up the game. It should have never gotten to this point, credit the Blazers for finally waking up and making some shots.

Rest day today before a road back-to-back against the Mavs and Thunder. Let's hope the home Lakers can make the trip.

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